LAT 385 • Studies in Classical Latin Literature
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
The Histories was Tacitus' first attempt at a major historical work and, as such, is usually considered only as an apprenticeship for the later Annals; but it is a major work in its own right, it deals with the events of an important period in Roman History (the Year of the Four Emperors), and it does so with no less artistry thanTacitus shows in the Annals. And this is the key point: the Histories will be studied for literary techniques no less than for historical content, the main focus being on Books I - III.
There will be two quizzes during the semester, (concerned primarily with translation and style) and students will be required to write a substantial research paper (20 - 25 pages) by the end of the semester.
Tacitus, Cornelii Taciti Historiarum Libri (Oxford) Cornelius Tacitus, The Histories (Viking Penguin)